FY23 Video Lottery Terminal

Grant Program 

Elkton, MD:  Cecil County Executive Danielle Hornberger is pleased to announce the recipients of the competitive fiscal year (FY) 2023 Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) Local Community grants.  The purpose of the VLT Local Community Grant Program is to provide local nonprofit and state, county, and municipal government agencies funding to address the needs of the community in the priority areas noted in Cecil County’s Strategic Plan: Economic Development, Education, Infrastructure, and Safe, Healthy and Active Communities.  This competitive grant program is funded via a portion of VLT revenues from the Hollywood Casino in Perryville.

 The VLT Grant Review Committee reviewed 77 grant applications from 68 local Cecil County organizations.  A total of 58 organizations split $400,000 comprising 60 grant applications.  Please note that organizations receiving two awards submitted applications addressing two different Purpose Areas, as allowed in the application instructions.

 “Cecil County Government is pleased to award VLT grants to these local organizations”, stated County Executive Hornberger. “These grants will be used for a variety of projects and programs, ranging from youth services and public safety, to helping those in recovery, to supporting our County’s seniors and veterans.”


The Review Committee carefully considers and rates each application based on criteria to include the following: completeness of submission, goals and objectives, overall budget, population to be served, and measurable outcomes.  In an effort to assist local organizations to submit successful proposals, the Department of Community Services (DCS) hosted an informational meeting on May 11, 2022, for applicants interested in learning more about the VLT grant process. 


DCS Director David Trolio stated, “Every year the selection process becomes increasingly difficult due to the quantity and quality of proposals submitted. This year’s process was no different and I applaud both the applicants for their inspired proposals as well as the review team for their commitment to the evaluation process.”   

Organization                                                                                                             Award 

ANT’s Army – Foster Youth Supplies                                                                       $6,000

Boys & Girls Club of Cecil County, MD – Club on the Go                                       $12,000

BSA Troop 145G – Equipment                                                                                  $2,400

CASA of Cecil County – Expansion of Services and Data                                        $10,000

Cecil College Foundation – EMT Training                                                                $7,000

Cecil County Arts Council – Art Programs in the Community                                  $8,000

Cecil County Chamber of Commerce – Educational Seminars                                  $5,000

Cecil County Community Mediation Center – Attendance Mediation

and Truancy Diversion                                                                                   $8,000

Cecil County Health Department – Healthy Families Cecil County                          $15,000

Cecil County Holly Tree – Holly Tree Event and Giveaways                                    $2,000

Cecil County Memorial VFW – Post 6027 – Outdoor Pavilion                                  $5,000

Cecil County Men’s Shelter, Inc. – Homeless Services for Men                               $8,000

Cecil County Neighborhood Youth Panel – Youth Diversion Services                        $8,000

Cecil County Public Library – Story Trails in Community Parks                              $6,000

Cecil Pregnancy and Family Resource Center – Expand Staff/Services                         $6,000

Chesapeake City Ecumenical Association – Generation Station                                $10,000

Chesapeake Feline Association, Inc. – Cat Spay/Neuter Program                             $8,000

Chesapeake Health Education Program, Inc. (CHEP) – Transitional

Housing Program for Veterans                                                                       $4,000

Christmas in April, Cecil County Inc. – Senior/Disabled Home Repairs                        $5,000

Community Coalition for Affordable Housing – Working Garden                            $4,131

Community Coalition for Affordable Housing – Furniture Bank                               $3,113

Community Services Foundation of Cecil County – Rural

Transportation Initiative                                                                                 $11,000

Deep Roots, Inc. – Water System Renovations                                                          $10,000

Del-Mar-Va Boy Scouts – Support Cecil County Scouting Units                              $4,000

Elk and North East Rivers Watershed Association – North East River

            Report Card 2020                                                                                           $2,000

Elkton Alliance – Economic Development Strategic Plan                                         $5,000

Equine Rescue Ambulance, Inc. – Large Animal Emergency Rescue

            Training Course                                                                                              $2,000

Fair Hill Environmental Foundation – A Winter’s Tail and Program

            Expansion                                                                                                       $10,000

Fair Hill International – Development of Gallaher Rd. Area for

            Mid-Level Competition                                                                                  $6,000

Faith In Action, Inc. – Food Pantry                                                                            $8,000

Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Program – Equine Facilitated

            Learning for Kids at Risk                                                                               $7,500

Girls on the Run – After School Running Program Expansion for

            Title I Schools                                                                                                 $6,000

Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna, Inc. – Home Repairs                                         $10,000

Hack’s Point Fire Company – Rescue Extrication Tool                                             $5,000

Historical Society of Cecil County – Display of Native American Artifacts                      $5,000

Immaculate Conception/St. Jude Parish Outreach – Housing and

            Utility Assistance                                                                                           $8,000

LIVEFORTHOMAS Foundation – Suicide Prevention/Awareness                           $8,000

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, Inc. – Heritage Area and

Scenic Byway Management                                                                           $7,000

Maryland Rural Development Corporation – Family Enrichment Program                      $7,000

Meeting Ground, Inc. – Mary Randall Center and Wayfarer’s House                        $8,000

Nicanor, Inc. – Agape Program (Food for Children)                                                  $7,000

North East Creek, Inc. – Environmental Projects and Awareness                              $4,000

PAWS for People – Pet Therapy                                                                                $3,960

Perryville Police Dept. Outreach Program – After School Program                          $4,000

Ray of Hope Mission Center – Back to School Backpacks                                        $2,000

Ray of Hope Mission Center – Holiday Food Baskets                                               $5,000

STEPS Recovery Resources, Inc. – SMART Recovery Program/Outreach                  $5,000

The High 5 Initiative  – Tributary Cleanup and Environmental Stewardship    $5,000

Town of Charlestown – Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance Project                        $5,000

North East – Santa House Renovations/Relocation                                                   $5,000

Town of Port Deposit – Public Safety Surveillance Camera Project                         $5,000

Union Hospital Foundation – In-School Bereavement Program                                $7,500

Upper Bay Counseling & Support Services, Inc. – Supported

Employment Program                                                                                     $8,000

Upper Bay Museum – Welcome Station                                                                    $3,396

Voices of Hope, Inc. – Peer Recovery Specialist                                                       $20,000

Water Witch Fire Company – Protective Gear                                                           $5,000

William M. Singerly Fire Company – Specialty Rescue Equipment                         $5,000

WIN Family Services – Vehicle to Assist in Providing Recovery Services                      $7,000

Women’s Civic League of North East – Dolly Parton Imagination Library                        $2,000

Youth Empowerment Source – Drug Free Cecil Youth Coalition                             $9,000

Youth Empowerment Source – Students Taking Responsibility in

            Developing Excellence (STRIDE)                                                                 $10,000


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